Cory Visser, of Long Beach, has been fishing for over 50 years. He has never had a boat of his own but is always there for captains who need a good crew. He is proud that he was once part of a crew that caught a Grand Slam of tuna on a one-day trip.
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October 05, 2013
by Cory VisserThursday Recap Report-Weekend Possibilities:
A Summary of local fishing from Santa Monica to Oceanside, including Catalina and San Clemente Islands, with fishing trips out of San Diego down to Baja, Mexico.
The Fall fishing this week found another good mix Offshore , with most boats catching Yellowtail, Dorado and either species of Yellowfin Tuna or Bluefin Tuna. The longer trips offshore allow for concentrating on both the Tuna species offshore. The Bluefin Tuna being found lately have mixed schools of 15 to 30 pound fish and other schools containing the big boys to 70 pounds or even larger to 100 pounds. While most of the Yellowfin Tuna remain footballs at 10 to 15 pounds, with an occasional bigger model found. However, the good news is that in most cases they are finding limit style fishing this late in the year, no matter which species they target.
Most of the 1.5 day boats and longer are traveling 100 miles or more south of San Diego where there are more possibilities with less boat traffic.
Meanwhile the private boater has concentrated on Kelp Paddies inside 40 miles with a few venturing down to the Tuna pens near Ensenada where the Bluefin are hanging out. Most one day sport boats have been fishing this area successfully.
The ¾ day boats were again on the hunt this week with fewer counts offshore, as the Coronado Islands have yielded a nicer grade of Yellowtail lately. Here is a picture from angler Brandon with a big Yellowtail off the ¾ day boat San Diego on Friday:
There appears to be lots of room on all boats during the week, unfortunately if you have not made a reservation ahead of time to go on a weekend, the majority of boats are again sold out. At least this time of year they do not fill up as quickly allowing you judge the weather and current catch reports before making a reservation.
Marlin fishing was a little quieter this week, with few reports. The dropping of water temps below 70 will most likely send both the Tuna and Marlin down south.
The Coronado Islands right now are going off with Yellowtail to 35 pounds. Here are some pictures from the recent Pronto trip:
Nice Tuna off the Pride:
Another great trip off the Fortune:
Nice score off the Pacific Queen:
The Channel Islands are back to fishing primarily for Rockfish. A few nice Halibut are being caught with an occasional Yellowtail and a spot of Barracuda adding to the action.
Locally the Sand Bass and Calico Bass is all but dormant, and there are few if any Twilight trips being scheduled! Most of the local boats out of Dana Point and Newport Beach are back to Rock fishing, with few fish being caught off local kelp paddies.
Angler Ron fished the 3/4 day boat Victory out of Pierpoint Landing on Wednesday, 10-02-13 and they had a good catch on the bottom critters. Some pictures:
Angler Bob with his first Bluefin Tuna:
Private boater Benny and friends with some dandy Calico Bass caught on the plastics:
Pretty ladies that fish or maybe not:
Angler Doug with a big Sheephead:
Nice Sheephead off the Mirage:
Good fishing on the Stardust up north:
Catalina/Santa Barbara Island!
The Pursuit caught 100 Bonito on their Tuesday, 10-01-13 trip, with a few Calico Bass, Whitefish, Sheephead and Rockfish.
The Sport King caught 32 Bonito on their Thursday trip. Not much sign of any Yellowtail lately.
San Clemente Island!
Few boats have fished the Island, however when they do, they often find some Yellowtail on the chew.
Down South-San Diego and good ole Mexico!
Yep, ½ day boat fishing off the Dolphin catching Tuna, Tails and Do Do's:
Another great trip on the Pride:
Some big boys off the Vagabond up to 145 pounds:
Nice Dorado off the Condor:
Captain Duane of Seasons Sportfishing is really taking advantage of the great Fall fishing offshore:
Dan Hernandez fishing Ensenada caught limits of Dorado and Yellowtail:
Captain Louie on his charter boat Its 4 Reels has been having great fishing offshore out of Ensenada.
Captain Kelly says the Tuna to 50 pounds and the Dorado are biting in San Quintin:
Quote of the day, something to think about:
My kind of Rig, oh to be Rich:
All comments and suggestions welcomed!
The weather forecast for Saturday, and Sunday looks to be excellent and very fishable. Always check the latest forecast before leaving the dock.